by emma last modified Apr 14, 2015 12:50 PM

Save Trinity Campaign

by emma last modified Apr 14, 2015 12:50 PM
Save Trinity Campaign

Following the successful 'Save Trinity' Campaign, the centre was reopened by TCA in 2004

Following the liquidation of the New Trinity Community Association in 2001, Bristol City Council held a tendering process for the future management of The Trinity Centre. Shifting funds away from community centres and towards 'Millennium Projects' coupled with a series of financial problems, forced Trinity to close once again in 2000, shutting its doors for what seemed to be the last time.

Enquiries were made from a variety of community and commercial developers and seven applications for new use were made. This included an application from the Avon & Somerset Constabulary to turn the building into a police training centre.

Others who submitted Expressions of Interest included: Travelling Light, the Bristol Festival of Dance, Undercover Rock (now happily housed in another converted church in St Werburghs), SARI and a Church group, as well as the 'Save Trinity' campaign.

The Save Trinity Campaign

A group of budding social-entrepreneurs launched the Save Trinity Campaign to get the Centre back into the hands of the local community. Following this, Trinity Community Arts Ltd (TCA) was officially constituted in 2002 and set out to develop plans for the Trinity Centre as a creative hub for East Bristol.

The group submitted an Expression of Interest, which outlined how they would encourage partnership with other local community and arts organisations and provide subsidised space to maximise the breadth of activities on offer. This was perhaps the most compelling case made, as, whilst other bidders represented specific communities of interest, TCA was able to provide a diverse community and cultural offer, as well as working alongside others to make full use of the space.

TCA's subsequent application for community asset transfer was successful and the group secured a short-term lease of Trinity Centre in 2003. The building was re-opened in 2004 as a community arts centre.

With a strong focus on training and outreach, TCA works with a range of community groups, arts organisations and individuals to provide a lively and varied activities and events programme for the City of Bristol.

Trinity the Charity

TCA registered as a charity in November 2011 and secured a 35 year lease from Bristol City Council to safeguard the future of the Trinity Centre. Read more about us, here.

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